About Maddie S
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Sep 2014
Hello! I'm Maddie- a native NYer whose Wanderlust has taken her abroad again and again. Having lived in six countries, and visiting others for school, work, leisure, and sport, I've adopted many localities, and am an admirer of a great many more. An avid scholar of language and culture, I hope to keep expanding my travel repertoire, and sharing great stories with the rest of the travel community. To give you some background on my travels, I spent months each year since childhood in Old Montreal, where part of my family lives. Summers were spent visiting folks in Ft. Lauderdale and L.A. My first big trip outside of the US on my own was to Australia & New Zealand at 12- I caught the bug early! I then moved to Japan where I studied for part of high school & uni. I am very familiar with Japanese cities, Sapporo and Osaka especially. Some of my favourite travel destinations include Goreme, Dubai, Marrakech, and Queenstown. (Plans for 2015 include China & Uganda!) Nice to meet you!
Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks
Parks, State Parks
Scuba & Snorkeling, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Game & Entertainment Centres
Nature & Wildlife Areas, State Parks
Nature & Wildlife Areas
Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
Nature & Wildlife Tours, Safaris
Offering clean sand and calm blue waves, the Fort Lauderdale Beach Park is a great place for an entire day out. When the swimming is done, make use of the shady picnic tables and public grills. Play basketball, beach volleyball, or horseshoes on the court, spend some time on a sand-swept playground, and then round the night out shopping and dining at any of the nearby venues. You'll be spoiled for choice.
A city park with almost too much to do, Tradeswinds Park offers something for every interest. To the north, find horseback riding trails, golfing, bike paths, a fishing lake, and children's train rides. To the south is Butterfly World, an enclosure with thousands of butterflies and many species of exotic flora and fauna alike.
Clocking in at 180 acres, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is a quiet hideaway, perfect for cycling, hiking, camping, picnicking, and kayak rental. With a path to the beach and a coastal view, this gorgeous natural respite gives you a chance to get outdoorsy - and go local.
With the distinction of being awarded one of the world's top children's programs, Funky Fish Kids Day is a day camp that provides a wide range of engaging and educational activities, on the beach and in the pool. Kids 4-17 can participate in beginner's snorkeling lessons, tie-dying, and boogie boarding, all while learning about the local coral reef eco-system.
Funderdome combines fitness with fun for both kids and adults. With aerial challenge courses, rock climbing, ball pits, laser mazes, sports courts, games and a playground, your tot or teen will leave tuckered out.
Sawgrass Recreation Park is known for its airboat tours. The airboat travels through the vast natural habitat of the Florida Everglades, and allow guests the opportunity to hold an alligator and check out stunning Florida panthers and black leopards.
Nearly 250 acres of wilderness, and home to one of the biggest native plant ecosystems in Florida, the Fern Forest Nature Park is a host of boardwalks and trails alike. With more than 200 species of plants, 30 types of ferns, and a small science museum tucked away in the park, this is a nature-lover's paradise. Be sure to keep an eye out for tortoises as you go!
Whether you are advanced or just getting your sea legs, EZride Surf School provides lessons for any category of surfer. Patient and helpful instructors make this school especially good for first-timers and novices.
Located on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, Billie Swamp safari allows you to explore the land and its native animals while learning about the Seminole Indian culture. They offer four options to visitors: airboat, swamp buggy ride, a walk along the swamp trail, or paddling a canoe down the waters. In addition to the exotic wildlife, Billie Swamp Safari also puts on critter shows and animal exhibitions to enrich the learning experience.
A day trip from Fort Lauderdale, Ponce De Leon's temperate Fountain of Youth is a short drive from your hotel and open to swimmers. Nature walks, boat tours, hiking trails, and kayak rentals are all at your disposal.